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Pepperina (Schinus molle)

Pepperina (Schinus molle) A small tree to 8m tall with a drooping habit and soft feathery leaves. Previously popular as a garden ornamental in inland areas, it is now naturalised in some areas of southern Queensland. The tree is quite resinous and aromatic, especially noticeable when the leaves are crushed. The flowers [...]

Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata)

Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) A scrambling semi-climber or shrub popular as a garden ornamental to 2m tall often used as a hedge specimen. The blue or white flowers are tubular with 5 petals or lobes, have glandular sticky hairs and are held in short spikes or racemes at the ends [...]

Pink oleander (Nerium oleander)

Pink oleander (Nerium oleander) An ornamental shrub to 4m, often with many slender stems from the ground. Dwarf, double-flowered and variegated varieties are now popular. The perfumed flowers are pink, red, white or apricot, 4–5cm across with five spreading petals, and are usually clustered at the end of the branches. The [...]

Mango (Mangifera indica)

Mango (Mangifera indica) An evergreen tropical tree to 30m with a dense canopy and grey brown bark, cultivated in gardens and commercially grown for its edible fruit. Flowers are fragrant, small, cream coloured with five petals, and clustered in terminal panicles. New leaves are pinkish red maturing to a dark glossy [...]

Naked lady (Euphorbia tirucalli)

Naked lady (Euphorbia tirucalli) A hardy, leafless ornamental shrub with smooth, dull green branches, cultivated as a pot plant or in the garden as a small tree. The flowers are small and yellow. The leaves are small, narrow, dull green and soon fall off. Toxicity category: 1, 3 Warning: [...]

Grevillea species

Grevillea species A popular evergreen ornamental with a sprawling habit, up to 1m. The flowers are crimson with protruding styles or stalks. The leaves are dark green, divided into narrow segments with silky hairs underneath. Leaves can measure up to 20cm long. Toxicity category: 3 Warning: - [...]

Guatemala rhubarb (Jatropha podagrica)

Guatemala rhubarb (Jatropha podagrica) A deciduous ornamental often grown as a pot plant or in rockeries, this shrub has a thick gouty, swollen stem up to 60cm, often a few large leaves near the top of the plant. The flowers are very small and coral red in colour. Flowers throughout [...]

Stinging tree (Dendrocnide excelsa)

Stinging tree (Dendrocnide excelsa) These species are common in Queensland rainforests especially on the edges or in disturbed areas. The two species are similar, but can be distinguished by the leaf stalk, which is attached at the margin of the leaf in giant stinging tree (Dendrocnide excelsa), while in the stinging [...]

Frangipani (Plumeria species)

Frangipani (Plumeria species) A deciduous, ornamental tree to 6m with highly perfumed flowers, popular as a garden specimen or as street trees. The highly perfumed flowers have five petals, white or pink with a yellow centre, about 5cm in diameter and are grouped in clusters at the ends of [...]

Zigzag plant (Pedilanthus tithymaloides)

Zigzag plant (Pedilanthus tithymaloides) Ornamental shrub with thick, succulent zigzag stems. The red flowers are slipper-shaped, up to 1cm long and clustered towards the top of the stems. The leaves are large, thick, alternate, elliptic in shape, up to 6cm long and wide, pointed at the tip and rounded at the [...]

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